USA Network’s In Plain Sight [Fridays, 10/9C] begins is fifth and final season this week. Will Marshal Marshall Mann and Marshal Mary Shannon get together? How will the decidedly non-maternal Marshal Mary Shannon deal with actually being a mother? What will series stars Mary McCormack and Fred Weller remember most fondly – and what souvenirs are they looking to grab at season’s end?
Earlier this week, Mary and Fred spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers about these questions and so much more.
This week I had the opportunity to take part in a conference call Q&A with Mary McCormack and Fred Weller in support of the fourth season finale of their USA Network series In Plain Sight [Sunday, 10/9C], Something Borrowed, Something Blew Up.
There were some technical issues that made the call a free-for-all rather than the usual, well moderated discussion, but Mary and Fred were as personable and cheerful as ever.
On Thursday, I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconference Q&A with John Straus and Ed Decter, who have taken over the reins of USA Network’s In Plain Sight [Sundays, 10/9C], which is now in its fourth season.
We talked a bit about their background, and a bit about coming into a established series as showrunners – and got an idea of what we can look forward to during In Plain Sight’s fourth season.
After you check out what they had to say, catch this week’s episode, Crazy Like a Witness, guest-starring Bradley Whitford as a paranoid ex-military man who’s blowing the whistle on a Blackwater-type company. And remember, just because you’re paranoid, that doesn’t mean they’re not after you.
For its fourth season, USA’s In Plain Sight [Sundays, 10/9C] returns to its original timeslot with an episode that is a bit of a departure. The Art of the Steal finds Marshal Mary Shannon fearing that her sister, Brandi, has become involved in grand theft auto [again!] – and seeks advice and insight from a car thief in the WITSEC program in Albuquerque.
When USA Network’s hit series In Plain Sight [Sundays, 10/9C] returns this weekend, it marks a sea change in the life of its female lead, Deputy U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon [and we all know how much Mary loves change… not!] – plus plenty of pithy commentary on the subject of change by her partner, Deputy U.S. Marshal Marshall Mann [who has a big change in his life, as well…].
For the fourth consecutive year, I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconference Q&A session with series stars Mary McCormack and Fred Weller about the upcoming season. For the comedy stylings of McCormack & Weller, just follow the jump.
In Plain Sight [USA, Wednesdays, 10/9C] is a unique series – even for USA where the motto is Characters welcome. The lead is a strong, cynical woman [Mary Shannon, played by Mary McCormack] who, along with her partner [Marshall Mann, played by Fred Weller], works for the U.S. Marshals in the Witness Protection Program [WITSEC]. It’s a unique job in that Marshals in WITSEC can’t talk about their jobs away from work. People’s lives depend on that.
McCormack and Weller make a very good team on the show – and their chemistry is palpable even off screen – as this teleconference Q&A shows.
Donnie Wahlberg guest-stars in tonight’s season three premiere of In Plain Sight [USA, Wednesdays, 10/9C]: Father Goes West. Wahlberg plays Boston trucker robber Jimmy Porter who runs afoul of his boss when his crew tackles a truck that turns out to have no cargo. Faced with his boss killing his son, he kills the boss and his gunmen and winds up in Albuquerque under the watchful eye of Witsec Marshals Mary Shannon [Mary McCormack] and Marshall Mann [Fred Weller].
On Friday, I had the pleasure of taking part in a teleconference Q&A session with Donnie Wahlberg in support of his guest-starring role in the third season premiere of USA’s hit series, In Plain Sight [Wednesday, 10/9C]. Wahlberg is an intelligent, articulate fellow who has become a dependable character actor with a wide range. It will come as no surprise that he gives an excellent performance as a single father who has turned over a new leaf – but still has a reservoir of rage toward anyone who threatens his family.
The second season of In Plain Sight [USA, Sundays, 10/9C] began immediately following the harrowing first season finale and showed us a Mary Shannon who was suffering the after effects of her ordeal. I was part of a teleconference Q&A session with Mary McCormack where she talked about her character’s ordeal, and relationships – and about how Mary does not like change!
The Q&A session included the following journalists/bloggers: Jamie Steinberg [Starry Constellation], Jenna Bensoussan [Aced Magazine], Jamie Ruby [Media Blvd.], Christine Harker [TVOvermind], Beth Ann Henderson [NiceGirlsTV.com], Joel amos [SheKnows.com], Courtney Hedberg [Pass the Remote], and Troy Rogers [thedeadbolt.com].
In Plain Sight [USA, Sunday, 10/9C] opens its second season immediately following the events of the first season finale. Marshal Mary Shannon [Mary McCormack] has lived through her kidnapping and, in getting herself free, has killed a man – now, in the season premiere, Mary is on administrative leave pending psychological evaluation [which will happen next week].
That means that when one of her witnesses is murdered, it’s Marshal Marshall [Fred Weller] who has to investigate – though their boss, Stan [the excellent Paul Ben-Victor] allows her to accompany him as an observer. To complicate things, there’s a new assistant, Eleanor [Holly Maples], in the office – and we all know how much Mary likes change.
One of the things that makes In Plain Sight unique is the combination of setting [Albuquerque] and milieu [the Federal Witness Protection Program]. It’s also different because its lead character, Mary Shannon is not just a tomboy in her dream job, but a person trying to juggle two-and-a-half families: one composed of her alcoholic ditz of a mother, Jinx [Lesley Ann Warren] and her equally ditzy but now drug-free sister, Brandi [Nicole Hiltz]; the second composed of her colleagues – father-figure Stan and brother Marshall; and the potential for yet another family with Raphael [Christian de la Fuente].
In the premiere, Mary is trying to deal with the previously mentioned murder; getting a witness to stay straight and testify against his cohorts in a pot-growing business, and the mess the FBI left her home in following the events of the first season finale. That’s a lot to deal with, and it’s heightened by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
If there’s one thing I didn’t expect in the second season premiere, Gilted Lily, it was for Brandi and Jinx to be so tolerable. They constitute the one part of the series that didn’t really work for me. They still exasperate Mary, but they are no longer out of this ditsy – they’ve grown a bit, and promise to grow a lot more over this season.
The show still revolves around Mary, though, and even Marshall is glad when he no longer has to be “the boss of her.” The addition of Eleanor to the marshals’ office adds a bit of grit to the one place where Mary really felt at home. Throughout the premiere, the writing is, perhaps, the best it’s been so far. The characters and situations feel right – and the development of Mary’s Post Traumatic Stress is so perfectly twisted that it provides humor and pathos simultaneously.
As the supporting cast becomes more interesting, In Plain Sight just continues to get better and better.
On In Plain Sight [USA, returning Sunday, April 19, 2009, 10/9C] , Mary McCormack’s tough, yet sensitive United Stated Marshall has two families – one, her real [blood] family, that makes her crazy, and the other, her work family, where she feels completely at ease. In between the two, there is Raphael, the Adonis who is her on-again-off-again boyfriend who wants to marry her and start a third family. Christian de la Fuente, who plays Raphael, talked with several internet journalists/bloggers about In Plain Sight’s upcoming second season.
Taking part in the conference call were: Jamie Steinberg [Starry Constellation], Jamie Ruby [Media Boulevard], Kristyn Clarke [PopCultureMadness.com], Chelsea Wiley [Sugarslam.com], Christine Harker [TVOvermind.com], Christine Hedberg [Pass the Remote], and Christine Nyholm [Examiner.com].